17 August 2010

how-to keep your roses blooming

by Nikkala from thecraftingchicks.com

Towards the end of summer flowers start looking a little sad. Some simple deadheading can revive a tired planter and bring color back to a rose bush. The sole purpose of a plant is to produce seeds, so plants naturally pump all their energy into the flower, which will produce the seeds. By removing spent (dead) flowers, you signal to the plant that that flower is gone and it needs to send up a new one in order to produce seeds. Frequent dead heading will keep your flowers in constant bloom. A little snip will keep you smelling roses until snowfall!

To deadhead a rose:
Step 1: Find a spent flower to remove.
Step 2: Follow the stem from the flower down until you locate the leaf with 5 leaflets.
Step 3: Position clippers, near the area of this leaf, at a 45 degree angle.
Step 4: Clip!

rose garden image via parachutgirl

the how-to series was created to encourage confidence in the creativity and skills we each have to offer. i am excited to showcase your talents and unique ideas. if you have a specialty (and i know you do), please submit your how-to guest post by emailing me: marta at martawrites dot com. i will be delighted to feature your how-to in the future.

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oneordinaryday said...

My dad loved his roses and taught me that burying banana peels near the roots helps them grow. Works like a charm too!

brooke said...

These are my kind of instructions. Perfect and simple.

Crafting Chicks said...

Great post Nikkala! Super easy instructions!:)

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